Strengthening the Lomé Legal and Social Expertise Clinic through dedicated training courses

Ousmane Diarra

Sub-Saharan Africa


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Like a strip suspended between Ghana, Benin and Burkina Faso, Togo is a West African country with a relief made up of a coastal area, plains, plateaux and a mountain range.

Lomé, the capital, is situated in the southern part of the country, bordered by an arm of the sea that gives this beautiful city all its sparkle. Among its many avenues is Pya, home to CEJUS (Clinique d'Expertise Juridique et Sociale), the partner organisation for which I have been working as a legal adviser on child protection and juvenile justice. My mandate consists mainly of technical support, which takes the form of training and the design of working tools on child protection and juvenile justice.

Training workshops at the heart of my mandate

As soon as I arrived, I was welcomed by an enthusiastic and dynamic team, with whom I worked closely at the beginning of my mandate to design an action plan that met their expectations and needs.

As a result, a number of team training activities were planned. At the same time, I was able to work on the design of child protection tools.

Capacity-building activity for the CEJUS team on the theme of juvenile justice.

Launch of team training sessions

For three months, I carried out national and international research to design the training modules.

To get a better idea of the Togolese national context, I also met CEJUS' state partners.

Following on from this preparatory work, I held my first capacity-building activity from 21 to 23 June 2021, for the whole of the organisation's team.

The aim of the training was to educate the team about the rights and protection of children and juvenile justice, in particular by drawing on international and African texts on the subject, and to highlight the gender-specific aspects of child protection.

I therefore presented training modules involving group work and role-playing. The modules covered the national and international legal framework for child protection, justice for children and restorative justice.

At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed an interest in learning more about the topics covered, which should provide me with material for future training sessions.


Created in 2015, the Clinique d’Expertise Juridique et Sociale is an association involved in the promotion and protection of human rights in Togo with various areas of expertise namely judicial information, judicial assistance, social assistance and clinical teaching of law.

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